Photos: Seven of Microsoft's hardware hits and misses

Photos: Seven of Microsoft's hardware hits and misses

Summary: Company gets lion's share of revenue from software, but it's created a sizable hardware business, too.

TOPICS: Microsoft, Hardware

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  • IntelliMouse Explorer

    2. IntelliMouse Explorer

    Feast your eyes on the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth. Microsoft has done mice for decades, pitting themselves against Logitech. The first one was designed by Ideo, a Palo Alto, Calif., design firm. The idea was to create something that didn't look like it was designed, Ideo co-founder Mike Nuttall said in an interview a few years ago.

  • Digital Media Pro Keyboard

    3. Digital Media Pro Keyboard

    The Digital Media Pro Keyboard features a slider that lets you zoom in and out of documents and pictures. The keyboard has customizable keys for quick access. Keyboard-mouse bundles sell for about $80 to $100, depending on the configuration.

  • Fingerprint reader

    4. Fingerprint reader

    Microsoft's fingerprint reader can be used to limit access to PCs or files. Researchers have found that Play-Doh and cadaver parts could help mischief makers skirt such defenses, but also that perspiration makes fingerprint readers more reliable.

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware

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